Tobias Cole

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Tobias Cole
Born (1971-08-07) 7 August 1971 (age 43)
Leiden, The Netherlands
Genres Opera
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocalist

Tobias Martin Piers Trevor Cole (born 7 August 1971) is an Australian countertenor and leading artist with Opera Australia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cole was born in Leiden, The Netherlands while his father was working at the Leiden University as a radio astronomer. In 1976 he commenced his education at Newington College. Aged eight, he joined the choir of St. James Church in Sydney, as a treble. As a boy soprano, Cole sang with The Australian Opera (in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tosca) and with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. He was later appointed head chorister of St James’ choir and the Chapel Choir of Newington College. As a teenager, Cole toured Europe with that same Chapel Choir of Newington College in 1986/87.

Tertiary education[edit]

Cole is an honours graduate in music from the University of Sydney having studied singing, composition, conducting and musicology. Awarded the 1994 Churchill Fellowship, sponsored by Dame Roma Mitchell, to continue his vocal training with Ashley Stafford at London’s Royal College of Music and to also further his studies in Early Music. He later received a Queen's Trust Achiever Award for operatic studies in London. In 2002, he was the first countertenor to win Opera Foundation Australia’s Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award and spent three months in New York at the Met.[2]

Performance career[edit]

Cole has sung with choirs and vocal ensembles including:

Cole has performed with companies including:

Conducting career[edit]



  1. ^ Opera Australia Retrieved 28.9.2007
  2. ^ Oriana Chorale Retrieved 28.9.2007
  3. ^ Pinchgut Opera Retrieved 28.9.2007

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